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Mai ElMallah

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Pediatrics, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine
2301 Erwin Road, Durham, NC 27710


Our laboratory focuses on the control of breathing and pulmonary mechanics in murine models of several genetic diseases. These genetic diseases include Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Pompe Disease, ALS, and Spino-cerebellar ataxia Type 7. We also investigate the ability of gene therapy and neuromodulation to treat respiratory insufficiency in neuromuscular diseases. As a clinician-scientist, my goal is to bring therapy from the bench to the bedside and enhance our research at the bench through observations at the bedside.

Our clinical research focus is on the impact of novel therapies on respiratory function in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Pompe Disease. We study the impact of recent therapies on breathing in these disorders and the impact of social determinants of health on clinical outcome measures.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Associate Professor of Pediatrics · 2022 - Present Pediatrics, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, Pediatrics
Chief, Division of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine · 2021 - Present Pediatrics, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, Pediatrics
Associate Professor in Neurobiology · 2020 - Present Neurobiology, Basic Science Departments
Associate Professor in Cell Biology · 2020 - Present Cell Biology, Basic Science Departments

Education, Training & Certifications

Queens University Belfast (United Kingdom) · 2001 M.B.B.S.